Teen pleads guilty to shooting Cleveland police detective

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — A teenager pled guilty Monday to shooting a Cleveland police detective last year, according to Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas documents.

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Jayrion Church, now 18, had previously pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the March 2023 shooting of detective Mark Bahrijczuk.

Church reversed his plea to the following charges, according to documents:

  • Attempted aggravated murder

  • Failure to comply with the order/signal of a police officer

  • Improperly handling of firearms in a motor vehicle

  • Receiving stolen property

  • Having weapons under disability.

The shooting, which took place on the city’s east side while police were carrying out a stolen vehicle operation, happened after officers spotted a vehicle without license plates. Four people reportedly got out of the car and began to run. The detective was then shot getting out of his vehicle.

Body camera video obtained by the FOX 8 I-Team shows the suspect opened fire after shouting commands.

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During the shooting, the detective was hit by bullets in the arm and thigh, but survived the ordeal.

The teen suspect, who was 17 at the time, was found and arrested a month after the shooting.

A sentencing date is scheduled for next month.

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